Megan Kline

Paint By Destination, a proud affiliate of Embark Beyond

Colors Of Provence With Kim Johnson-Nechtman

Jul 25, 2025 to Jul 31, 2025
France

Join us for an unforgettable watercolor workshop along the Rhône River in Provence with Kim Johnson-Nechtman

From romantic cities to foodie havens and artistic epicenters, this itinerary enlivens all your senses with watercolor artist Kim Johnson-Nechtman. Begin your cruise in Lyon, France’s culinary capital, and savor the beauty of legendary vineyards and imbibe in local vintages like Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône. You can even become an expert in all things culinary: go in search of the highly prized “Black Diamond” truffles and learn how to pair chocolate with wine. Explore Avignon, a sprawling commune with an overwhelming array of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, intriguing art museums and historic charm. Lower the drawbridge of your fantasies in Arles, where you will trace the steps of famous artists including Van Gogh and Picasso.
 
We will cruise along the Rhône River and explore the South of France during one of the most beautiful times of year.
 
On this river cruise, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours and delicious meals. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder. The watercolor cruise workshop will also include 2-3 hours of instruction per day as well.

Who is this trip for:

  • Small Groups (~10 painters)
  • Painters of all levels
  • Non-painters are welcome

What's included in this trip:

  • Small Group Painting Experience Daily painting
    • One-on-one instruction with world renown artist
    • Welcome dinner and drinks with other students and meet-and-greet with the artist
    • Personalized service from on-site travel coordinator
    • Small private group setting experience
  • Spacious Accommodation
    • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
    • Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
    • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
    • Bottled water replenished daily
  • A Variety of Amenities
    • Wellness Activities with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
    • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
    • Internet and Wi-Fi access
    • Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
    • Fitness room
    • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
    • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
  • Award-Wining Dining
    • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
    • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
    • The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
    • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
    • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
    • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
    • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
    • Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
    • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
  • A World of Exploration
    • Immersive tours in every destination
    • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
    • Bike tours and hikes
    • Special Interest Tours
    • Knowledgeable guides
    • Personal headset for easy exploration
    • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
 

 

What's not included:

  1. Airfare to and from the embarkation and disembarkation port cities
  2. Airport transportation
  3. Passport fees
  4. Baggage fees
  5. Travel, health, accident or other insurance
  6. Vaccinations
  7. Laundry
  8. Additional food and beverages
  9. Optional excursions
  10. Gratuities or other items of a personal nature
 

 

Itinerary:

  • Day 1 (Arles, France): Arrive and settle into your stateroom. Enjoy a welcome dinner with the group and artist meet-and-greet. This is where you will receive an itinerary for the trip, meet other artists and the instructor, and get excited for this incredible painting journey you're about to embark on.
 
  • Day 2 (Arles, France): Start your second day with morning breakfast. Considered one of the most beautiful cities in France, Arles enchants all with its tantalizing history, formerly a Roman center of trade. Enjoy a bike ride along the Rhône, through town to the Langlois Bridge, a famous subject from several Vincent Van Gogh paintings. And for those who wish to delve further into Van Gogh’s Arles, join a special walking tour along with a visit to the Vincent van Gogh Foundation, showcasing his legacy. During the afternoon, venture to Les Baux de Provence, a hilltop village and ruined castle. Enjoy time in the “old village,” its shops, art galleries, and cafes interspersed among the historic ruins. You will also have a unique experience at the Carrières de Lumières, where you will be treated to a spectacular presentation of art, sound, and history projected on the walls of a former limestone quarry set to music. Next, visit an olive farm to learn about this age-old Provençal tradition and enjoy a tasting. Finally, experience the beauty of Saint Rémy de Provence, the location where Van Gogh painted some of his most famous paintings, including Starry Night.
 
  • Day 3 (Avignon, France):  Explore Avignon, aptly named the “City of Popes,” as the center of the Catholic Church in the 14th century when its “Palais des Papes” was the equivalent of today’s Vatican. Discover the history of Avignon on a guided walking tour that includes the Papal Palace and the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the afternoon, you can go to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the impressive Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that is a masterpiece of ancient engineering.
 
  • Day 4 (Viviers, France):  Take in the quaint surroundings of Viviers, a charming commune that sidles up to the right bank of the Rhone. From Viviers, travel to the magnificent hilltop village, Grignan, and go in search of the highly prized “Black Diamond” truffles with a farmer and his trustworthy canine companion. You can also explore Viviers on a guided walking tour, where you’ll see iconic sights such as Saint-Vincent Cathedral. Or stretch your muscles on a hike to Viviers’ St. Vincent Cathedral, taking in beautiful views of the Châteauneuf du Pape dam, the Donzère Gorge and the town of Montelimar with its magnificent château. 
 
  • Day 5 (Tournon, France): Take a steam train ride past magnificent landscape carved along the Gorge du Doux, stopping at the charming little station of Colombier le Vieux-Saint Barthélemy le Plain, where the train maneuvers in preparation for its return journey. For a more active adventure, take a hike through the vineyards of Tain l’Hermitage, followed by a visit to a local winery where you’ll sample some of the wines.
  • Day 6 (Vienne, France):  Situated between the wine regions of Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône lies Vienne with a Roman past that can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. Follow the footsteps of the ancient Romans on a walking tour to see the amazingly well-preserved Augustus and Livia Temple, the Saint Maurice Cathedral, a Gothic church that took more than 500 years to build, and St. Pierre Abbey—one of the oldest surviving churches in France, and now an Archaeological Museum.

  • Day 7 (Lyon, France):  Take a walking tour that starts in Fourvière Hill, part of the city’s historic region that is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the 19th-century basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Continue on to the old town of Lyon, followed by a guided walk through the St. Jean district, where you will be introduced to the city’s unique covered walkways, known as “traboules.” You can also visit the famous indoor market hall Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse, named after the late chef renowned for his Michelin-starred l’Auberge du Pont de Collonges restaurant. There you’ll have a chance to sample of the delicacies offered by butchers, bakers, chocolatiers and cheesemongers while taking in the colorful sights and enticing aromas around you. Later in the day, visit a traditional Beaujolais winery and learn the history and techniques of their vineyard. Plus, enjoy a tasting of their specialty Lyon is where we bid farewell to each other and head home or on an optional post-cruise experience in Paris.
 
  • Day 8 (Lyon France): Bid farewell in Arles and prepare for your flight home or embark on an optional post-cruise Paris experience.

 

Cancellation policy:

Deposit and Final Payment: To confirm a river cruise or river cruise and land reservation, we require a deposit of $400 per person to secure your stateroom and workshop rate for Europe itineraries on or before the deposit due date indicated on the confirmation. Half of the deposit ($200) is refundable until 121 days from the cruise start date which is July 24, 2025. Transoceanic airline flights reserved through Megan Kline (otherwise known as "the Agent") require an additional deposit of $350 per person for economy class or $600 per person for business/first-class flights. Upon receipt of deposit, air schedule will be provided (subject to changes by carrier); deposited air will be ticketed within 75 - 90 days prior to travel start date once paid in full. Full payment is required for airline tickets to be issued prior to 90 days before the travel start date, at which time deposits will be nonrefundable. Any air schedules and ticketing relating to AmaWaterways air promotions will be provided 75 - 90 days before the travel start date once full payment is received for the river cruise and promotional air price (if any). Hotel Extra Nights require a non-refundable deposit of $50 per cabin at the time of confirmation of the hotel availability. Other custom arrangements may also require non-refundable deposits and will be advised at the time of booking. Final payment is due no later than 90 days before the travel start date.

Cancellation Charges: In the unfortunate event a participant must cancel travel, notice must be made to the Agent during standard business hours or via email to megan.kline@embarkbeyond.com, which must include writing stating clearly and correctly each guest ’s name, ship name, start and end date of the cruise and a brief statement of the reason for cancellation. Other forms of notice are not sufficient.

Cancellations received on or before 121 days prior to the workshop start date of July 24, 2025 will receive a refund of $200 of their $400 deposit. Cancellations made on or after 121 days prior to the workshop start date of July 24, 2025 and after final payment was submitted are non-refundable. Cancellations received within 24 hours of vacation start date will be deemed as trip interruption, cannot be cancelled and are 100% non-refundable. The effective date of the cancellation is the date the Agent  receives cancellation notice . A change in sailing date , name changes, the substitution of a participant or a reduction in the number of guests in a stateroom are treated as a cancellation in that all applicable cancellation charges apply. A reduction in occupancy is subject to a single supplement charge . Cancellation charges for bookings within charter and part charter agreements are as per the charter contract. All other cancellation charges are per-person, based on the cancellation date, as seen in the chart below.

You acknowledge that your cancellation will cause us and the Carrier difficulty in selling a replacement cruise or cruise & land reservation and thus the cancellation fees described below apply regardless of whether your cruise or cruise & land reservation is resold. You agree that any losses sustained by us and /or the Carrier in the event of cancellation would be very difficult or impossible to quantify , and the cancellation fees are fair and reasonable as liquidated damages.


Available Packages

Painter Fee - Twin Window Room
Available until July 31, 2024

$4,914.00
Deposit: $400.00 per person

This fee is based on double occupancy (shared room) for a painter in Category D (Twin Window Room). Painters have the option of choosing a single (private) room at an extra cost. 

If you'd like a private room (single occupancy), please email contact@paintbydestination.com for pricing details. There will be a single supplement cost added.
 
*Rooms may be split into two separate twin beds or a single double bed for your comfort.

Painter Fee - French Balcony Room
Available until July 31, 2024

$5,614.00
Deposit: $400.00 per person

This fee is based on double occupancy (shared room) for a painter in Category C (French Balcony Rooms). Painters have the option of choosing a single (private) room at an extra cost. 

If you'd like a private room (single occupancy), please email contact@paintbydestination.com for pricing details. There will be a single supplement cost added.
 
*Rooms may be split into two separate twin beds or a single double bed for your comfort.

Painter Fee - Double Balcony Room
Available until July 31, 2024

$6,614.00
Deposit: $400.00 per person

This fee is based on double occupancy (shared room) for a painter in Category B (Double Balcony Rooms - French Balcony and Outside Balcony). Painters have the option of choosing a single (private) room at an extra cost. 

If you'd like a private room (single occupancy), please email contact@paintbydestination.com for pricing details. There will be a single supplement cost added.
 
*Rooms may be split into two separate twin beds or a single double bed for your comfort.

Extra Options

Non-Painter (Guest) - Twin Window Room
Available until July 31, 2024

$4,279.00
Deposit: $400.00

Please select the corresponding non-painter room based on the room you selected as a Painter.
 
Bring a guest with you on this experience of a lifetime. Non-painter guests will be assumed to share a room with the painter. Please contact us if you prefer a single (private) room for your non-painter guest.
 
*We will send you a follow-up email to fill out traveler information for your non-painter guest.

Non-Painter (Guest) - French Balcony Room
Available until July 31, 2024

$4,979.00
Deposit: $400.00

Please select the corresponding non-painter room based on the room you selected as a Painter.
 
Bring a guest with you on this experience of a lifetime. Non-painter guests will be assumed to share a room with the painter. Please contact us if you prefer a single (private) room for your non-painter guest.
 
*We will send you a follow-up email to fill out traveler information for your non-painter guest.

Non-Painter (Guest) - Double Balcony Room
Available until July 31, 2024

$5,379.00
Deposit: $400.00

Please select the corresponding non-painter room based on the room you selected as a Painter.
 
Bring a guest with you on this experience of a lifetime. Non-painter guests will be assumed to share a room with the painter. Please contact us if you prefer a single (private) room for your non-painter guest.
 
*We will send you a follow-up email to fill out traveler information for your non-painter guest.

2 Nights Paris Package (Post-cruise)
Available until July 21, 2025

$1,485.00

Enjoy two nights in Paris, France after the cruise disembarkation date. The Paris post-cruise will take place from July 31 - August 3, 2025. Transportation from your Paris hotel to the embarkation port will be provided free of charge. 
 
Please note:
  • The post-cruise package is not part of the workshop and no watercolor lessons or teaching will take place.
  • This cost is per person and based on double occupancy. If you are traveling with a guest, please indicate a quantity of two. If you are a solo traveler, please contact us at contact@paintbydestination.com for single supplement rates.
  • Rates do not include intra-air flight segments.

3 Nights Barcelona (Pre-Cruise)
Available until July 21, 2025

$1,290.00

Enjoy three nights in beautiful Barcelona, Spain before the cruise embarkation date. The Barcelona pre-cruise will take place from July 21 - 24, 2025. Transportation from your Barcelona hotel to the embarkation port will be provided free of charge. 
 
Please note:
  • The pre-cruise package is not part of the workshop and no watercolor lessons or teaching will take place.
  • This cost is per person and based on double occupancy. If you are traveling with a guest, please indicate a quantity of two. If you are a solo traveler, please contact us at contact@paintbydestination.com for single supplement rates.
  • Rates do not include intra-air flight segments.